West Tisbury: Dick was a prolific science fiction writer


It was a mild and rainy weekend, after a cold week with enough sunshine that I was happy to work outside. My snowdrops are adorable. I wish the yellow eranthis would spread so vigorously. There are a few stubborn plants left, though their frilly leaves and brightly colored flowers are always welcome. I hope I don’t have to move them to another spot, because I have visions of this early jumpsuit turning into a carpet of flowers in the bed outside my back door. Ruth Kirchmeier has a similar exhibit which I have admired for a long time.

I saw big yellow crocuses blooming at Patti Linn’s last week. Louise Bessire’s snowdrops put on their annual show along Edgartown Road. My snowdrops came from Louise, and from Hallie and Al Mentzel, all the more precious now that the gift givers are dead. I added some of the double varieties and others with more pronounced green veins, but most of mine are from these gifts.

I have forwarded thinnings of these bulbs to several friends. When I saw Leslie Baker the other day, she told me hers were spreading well. They bloom with other bulbs in early spring among tufts of shiny ginger leaves and sweet woodruff.

Nicole Galland returned home after earning her MFA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. Already a well-known and published writer, Nicole needed a master’s degree to be able to teach, and she wanted to spend a year in Ireland. So she did. It felt like a magical moment. Nicole lived in a 300-year-old mansion overlooking the sea in a small village north of Dublin which she described as “like the Menemsha of Dublin”. Maybe part of a future book?

A graphic story by Paul Karasik is in this week’s New Yorker, “The Death of Philip K. Dick Brought Back to Life,” written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dick’s death. Dick was a prolific science fiction author of prescient tales that foresaw many of the technological achievements we take for granted today, such as facial recognition technology, driverless cars, and the ability of advertisers to target individuals by based on the information collected about their preferences. Several of his books have influenced filmmakers and authors of more modern works.

At the West Tisbury Library this week, several special programs, both in person and via Zoom. Today, Thursday, March 10, Lara Tupper will host an online writing workshop, “I Remember, Writing Childhood Stories,” at 4:30 p.m. At the age of 7, Marie Benedict will read an extract from her new novel, “Her hidden genius”. Register for both programs at wt_mail@clamsnet.org. In-person programs requiring no pre-registration include a jazz-themed documentary and discussion with Dave Kish on Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m. and a street music concert on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, March 15 at 5 p.m., the West Tisbury Energy Committee will hold an information session on the proposed 100% electric item on this spring’s Town Assembly term. Get the Zoom on link wt_mail@clamsnet.org.

A reminder from Elexis Pachico that she will be hosting a recruitment information event for anyone in the vineyard who wants to become an adoptive parent. There are not enough foster homes here, so our children are often sent off the island to unfamiliar towns, a difficult situation for a child already facing difficulties. The event is this Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call Elexis at 508-326-1155 for more information and directions.

The League of Women Voters and the Coalition to Create the MV Housing Bank invite everyone to a voter forum to discuss the housing bank mandate article ahead of upcoming town hall meetings. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Zoom. The Zoom link will be available on March 14 at info@leagueofwomenvotersmv.org Where info@ccmvhb.org. You can also submit your questions in advance using either email.

I just got back from attending the opening of Jack Ryan at the library. It’s a real love affair with New York, and it brought back fond memories of my art school days exploring the city’s fabulous architecture. Take the time to see it.


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